Alex Skjong

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Alex Skjong is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, nurtured his journalistic foundation and the Internet did the rest, as his interest in new media forms such as podcasts and videocasts has grown over the years. He’s contributed print and online content to luxury and lifestyle publications including Michigan Avenue Magazine and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and social media content to the guitar website FRET12.com. When Skjong isn’t writing or tweeting, he’s recording music and tightly crossing his fingers for affordable commercial space travel.

  • On October 10, 2012
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    What events should we attend at the New York City Wine & Food Festival?

    The <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/destination/new-york-city">New York City</a> Wine & Food Festival kicks off on October 11 with the first of four jam-packed days of, well, lots of wine, food and star chefs appearing at a wide range of events. We’ve picked the highlights for each day to make it easier for you to take a bite out of this Big Apple festival.
     
    Food Network and Cooking Channel star Giada De Laurentiis will be your guide for S. Pellegrino’s Meatball Madness, a walk-around tasting being served on Thursday. Chefs from all corners of NYC will put personal twists on classic and worldwide meatball recipes vying for the title of 2012 Master of Meatball Madness. But watch out, competitors — 2011 champions The Meatball Shop are back and ready to defend their juicy crown.
     
    On Friday, <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/destination/los-angeles">Los Angeles</a> food mogul and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/tastemaker/roy-choi">Roy Choi</a> teams up with Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten for an unreal feast called Bank of America Dinner Series: Coast 2 Coast Korean-Inspired Dinner. If the cuisine at the Wine Spectator-sponsored event doesn’t blow you away (and how couldn’t it?), the view from the 51st floor of the Bank of American Tower — the second-tallest skyscraper in the city — most certainly will.
     
    During Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition on Saturday, challengers will brave the heat of Kitchen Stadium and face off against Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Symon and legendary Iron Chef Morimoto. Gastronomy is the theme of the battle so rest assured you’ll be able to sample some very interesting concoctions from the entire roster of participants. You might even be able to tie on an apron and become a culinary gladiator yourself. Beware — tickets for this Alton Brown-hosted showdown are tough to find.
     
    When it’s time for some Sunday supper, head on down to Chelsea Piers, settle into the gorgeous Pier Sixty and forget any thoughts you may have about notching your belt. For Paula Deen Brunch, the Southern cooking icon’s sons Jamie and Bobby will tweak their mama’s famous dishes into leaner and more-healthy fare, without removing any of the charm or flavor, of course.
  • On October 10, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What events should we attend at the New York City Wine & Food Festival?

    The New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off on October 11 with the first of four jam-packed days of, well, lots of wine, food and star chefs appearing at a wide range of events. We’ve picked the highlights for each day to make it easier for you to take a bite out of this Big Apple festival.
     
    Food Network and Cooking Channel star Giada De Laurentiis will be your guide for S. Pellegrino’s Meatball Madness, a walk-around tasting being served on Thursday. Chefs from all corners of NYC will put personal twists on classic and worldwide meatball recipes vying for the title of 2012 Master of Meatball Madness. But watch out, competitors — 2011 champions The Meatball Shop are back and ready to defend their juicy crown.
     
    On Friday, Los Angeles food mogul and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Roy Choi teams up with Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten for an unreal feast called Bank of America Dinner Series: Coast 2 Coast Korean-Inspired Dinner. If the cuisine at the Wine Spectator-sponsored event doesn’t blow you away (and how couldn’t it?), the view from the 51st floor of the Bank of American Tower — the second-tallest skyscraper in the city — most certainly will.
     
    During Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition on Saturday, challengers will brave the heat of Kitchen Stadium and face off against Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Symon and legendary Iron Chef Morimoto. Gastronomy is the theme of the battle so rest assured you’ll be able to sample some very interesting concoctions from the entire roster of participants. You might even be able to tie on an apron and become a culinary gladiator yourself. Beware — tickets for this Alton Brown-hosted showdown are tough to find.
     
    When it’s time for some Sunday supper, head on down to Chelsea Piers, settle into the gorgeous Pier Sixty and forget any thoughts you may have about notching your belt. For Paula Deen Brunch, the Southern cooking icon’s sons Jamie and Bobby will tweak their mama’s famous dishes into leaner and more-healthy fare, without removing any of the charm or flavor, of course.
  • On October 2, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How much does a private jet flight cost with NetJets?

    ©NetJets With NetJets, you purchase an undivided interest in a specific aircraft and gain access to a fleet of more than 800 jets worldwide. Prices per share vary depending on the type of jet you choose — light, mid-size or large cabin — and how often you fly. The smallest share you can purchase is a 1/16 interest, which gives you 50 hours of flight time a year.  Your biggest upfront cost is a one-time acquisition fee: for the Phenom 300 Platinum Edition jet, which is being added to the NetJets fleet in 2013, a 1/16 interest, or 50 flight hours, costs $550,000. The largest share possible is a one-half interest, or 400 hours of flight time, which costs $4.4 million.
     
    In addition to the acquisition cost, fractional jet owners are also responsible for a monthly management fee and an occupied hourly fee, which covers fuel, maintenance, catering and landing fees. For that same jet, the monthly management fee for a 50-hour share is $9,600, while a 400-hour share costs $60,000. The occupied fee is the same regardless of jet size, at $1,950 per hour. NetJets owners sign up for a two-year, two-and-a-half-year or three-year commitment, depending on the size of the aircraft, and NetJets has a guaranteed buy-back option after that commitment is up.
     
    NetJets also has finance and leasing options, if you want a smaller upfront expense. NetJets offers 6 percent fixed-rate financing on balances $100,000 and up after you’ve put down 20 percent of the value at signing. You can also buy a pre-paid lease with the Marquis Jet Card, which is good for 25 hours of flight time. A single-year starts at $119,900 in a Hawker 400XP jet.
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